Given we are working remotely, and teams are often dispersed throughout the country, producing more concise and succinct briefings has never been more important.
In addition to this, Michael Gove has recently announced that “Submissions, the papers which are prepared to guide ministerial decisions, and which were once the glory of our Civil Service, have become in far too many cases formulaic, over-long, jargon-heavy and back-covering exercises. The ability to make a tight, evidence-rich, fact-based, argument which doesn’t waste words or evade hard choices is critical to effective Government”.
By attending this virtual Effective Briefing and Submissions course, acquire the skills and tools to write informative and compelling briefings, in the comfort of your own home.
Working with communications trainer, Sue Calthorpe, gain a comprehensive understanding of what you need to do to produce more effective submissions and briefings.
Gain the necessary tools and skills in a virtual environment to help inform, convince and persuade your peers and senior managers.
Please note: We will be using Zoom to deliver this course.
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|About the Chair: Sue Calthorpe
|Susan works with organisations and individuals to improve their written communications skills.
She worked as a regional and national newspaper journalist before setting up a full-service communications company, now established for 30 years.
Her recent clients include Legal & General, HSBC, BRIT, the Law Society, the Civil Aviation Authority, Express Medicals Ltd, the Intellectual Property Office and the Office for National Statistics.She has also worked with many government departments and has recently undertaken particular projects with the Home Office, HMRC, HMT, MOD, DfID, the FCO, the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Insolvency Service.
She also trains internationally and has worked in Bangladesh, France, Kenya, Qatar, India and Ethiopia on a range of written word projects.
09:25 - 09:30
09:30 - 10:00
Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives
10:00 - 10:50
- Develop more effective planning structures to construct coherent briefings
- You will work through practical exercises with the trainer to help them develop effective planning structures
11:00 - 12:00
Writing Accurate, Brief, Clear and Deliverable Text
- Identify what tone best suits the type of information you are trying to convey
- Establish a single tone of voice from multiple documents
- Gain techniques to display facts in an engaging and informative way
- Create a clear structure and message throughout your piece of writing
12:10 - 13:10
Expressing Options and Asking for Decisions
- Producing key messages from complex documents while maintaining the author’s voice
- Learn where to put key facts on a page – ensure they are noticed
14:00 - 14:50
Elevator Pitches and Boardroom Briefing
- Learn how to give effective briefs ‘on the fly’
- Briefing accurately and engagingly
- Recognise common mistakes and how to overcome them
15:00 - 16:00
Producing Clear Summaries
- Learn how to produce a clear and succinct summary
- Utilise editing and selection techniques to include the most important and relevant information
- Ensure the text is engaging and informative
- Gain the tools to get the reader to hone in and understand the key pieces of information
16:00 - 16:15
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